Dinesh D’Souza Resigns from The King’s College

Barely two days after news broke that conservative Christian and anti-gay marriage activist Dinesh D’Souza was found to be engaging in an affair while still technically married, he has resigned as president of The King’s College:

D’Souza on CNN, eerily channeling Mr. Bean

“I am grateful for the past two years that I have spent as president of The King’s College. But now it is time to move on,” D’Souza said in a statement Thursday. “My resignation will enable The King’s College to go forward without distraction.

“And it will also enable me to address personal matters in my life as well as to pursue new opportunities made possible by success of my recent book and film,” said the statement, which was posted on his personal website.

The Board of Trustees of The King’s College, a Christian institution based in New York, accepted his resignation Thursday.
“God has a mighty future for Dinesh, but there are some things he has to go through first,” said Andy Mills, who will serve as interim president for the third time.

Wow. No love lost on either side.

D’Souza might as well have said, “Screw you all. I’m taking my money and running off with my new, younger, hotter future wife.”

On the upside, it seems like everyone’s better off with him out of the picture. Maybe the students at TKC can get a real education now.

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  • asonge

    Seeing as how TKC is a subsidiary of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), I’m not so sure about the education aspect. I think TKC require its teachers to sign statements of faith, though I’m not sure.

  • Note4gary

    Opportunities to bang other chicks, fraud of a man.

  • Kevin

    And of course NO colleges with evangelical belief statements provide a real education. Hello Alex. I’d wager that the evangelical ones provide MORE true education, if education means hearing all sides.

  • asonge

    Heh, you probably do hear all sides at most schools, but I wonder if it TKC isn’t closer to Liberty University (not theologically, but ideologically) than to, say, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, which I’ve visited for the debates they’ve hosted in the past. In any event, I also mentioned the statement of faith…because you do have to question an environment where you can present all sides, but as a teacher you’re fired if you believe one that contradicts those endorsed in your statement of faith. And yes, I do think that academic freedom is handcuffed by statements of faith at institutions of higher learning.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    Don’t worry. Christians will perform their mental gymnastics and all will be ok in two days.

  • Randomfactor

    Reportedly his “fiancee” is married too…good old Traditional Marriage Values.

  • Dan

    Kevin, I shorty went to two evangelical colleges (Bob Jones University and Clearwater Christian College) and your claim is laughable. My education at those schools was a joke, and full of blatant lies about science, history, theology, social issues, and politics.

  • JD929

    Text like that is often euphemistic. What was said behind closed doors probably differs greatly.

  • Bell3000

    if they were real religious someone would get stoned…………….

  • HitchsApprentice

    Another PHONY exposed…….

  • Revyloution

    There aren’t always two (or more) sides to an issue.  Sometimes, reality is just reality.  Two plus two equals four,  the attraction of two massive objects is inversely related to the square of the distance between them,  biologic life adapts and evolves due to selection pressures.  People can try to air opposing viewpoints to issues like these, but it’s just wishful thinking based on a deluded worldview.

  • Thumper1990

    Yes, but education doesn’t mean that, does it? Education means “the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life”. You can’t just re-define words to defend your pre-concieved ideals; I’m afraid that does not constitute an argument.

    Your linguistic obfuscation aside; how fair and balanced do you think the education is that these students are recieving? You really think any of them would recieve fair and balanced information on the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, for example? You think any of the teachers would offer an objective summary of the history of Islam?

  • DarwinFish

    Ah, Dinesh D’Souza.

    Let’s look at some of his  “Greatest Hits”:

    “Science hasn’t given us anything and it shows no promise of giving us anything in the future.”
    “What impact did the abortionists, the feminists, the homosexual
    activists, and the secularists have on the Islamic radicals who
    conspired to blow up the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?
    Unfortunately, this crucial question got buried, and virtually no one
    has raised it publicly.”

    “Now gay activists, with the acquiescence of the California high court,
    want to remove one of the criteria of marriage while keeping all the
    rest. Yet if it’s discriminatory to gays to require that marriage be
    between a man and a woman, why isn’t it discriminatory to Mormons and
    Muslims to require that it remain between two people? Isn’t incestuous
    marriage also between “consenting adults” who have a right to equal
    protection of the laws? And why doesn’t the Fourteenth Amendment protect
    the fellow who wants to walk down the aisle with his poodle on the
    grounds that ‘I love my dog and my dog loves me?’”

    The Evangelical crowd ignored some of D’Souza’s shadier actions while at Dartmouth, such as outing gay students (partially with the help of Laura Ingraham) and writing a racist parody of blacks. In fact, the Evangelical crowd loved him for these sorts of things.

    However, his affair (with a woman who, if you do some digging, has very similar views to her boyfriend) is finally disgracing him enough to step off of his soapbox.

    Good riddance, I say.  While I never like seeing marriages broken up, this guy was a real hypocrite, similar to the growing list of anti-gay congressmen that have been caught engaging in sexual activities with other men outside of their heterosexual marriages.

  • RobertoTheChi

    Huh? Seriously?

  • The Other Weirdo

     Yeah, we say that about the bible all the time.

  • DougI

    Resignation, clearly the action of an innocent man. *snicker*

  • NoDoubtAboutIt

    Bob Jones University won’t even allow William Blake to be taught in English classes.  So much for evangelical “education.”

  • Foster

    I’m glad he did the right thing and stepped down, no doubt under pressure to do so from the Board of the School.  No matter what his accomplishments, such a scandalous lifestyle should not be tolerated by the Church or supposedly Christian colleges.

  • Deanna

    Hah, hah.  On D’Souza’s own website, his statement of resignation now has a correction!  

    “CORRECTION: Due to a premature press release from The King’s College, Mr. D’Souza was quoted saying “[his actions] have not been consistent with the standard of leadership required for the position of president at The King’s College, and have created a distraction that would make it difficult, if not impossible, to continue in my role without adversely affecting the students and school I have grown to love.”  This quotation was drafted by a press officer and not said or approved by Mr. D’Souza himself. King’s has attempted to correct the error but the erroneous  quotation has been picked by some media.”

  • kaydenpat

    D’Souza might as well have said, “Screw you all. I’m taking my money and running off with my new, younger, hotter future wife.”

    You forgot to mention that the Mistress is herself married.  Interesting that he and his Mistress both oppose marriage equality.  Ha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/roccim Marlo Rocci

    I was delightfully surprised that it was an adult.  Somewhat surprised it was a woman.